Aug 10, 2014 11:48 PM by Ashlea Bullington

Crop duster crash takes the life of pilot

The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office received a call at approximately 10:20 a.m. reporting a fatal plane crash in New Iberia. The plane was found Near US 90 and Hubertville Road in a sugar cane field.

First responders located a Bell 47 helicopter equipped with crop-dusting materials. Medical personnel found no signs of life, and the pilot was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Iberia Parish Coroner's Office.

The pilot has been identified as Kenneth E. Squires, 60, of Jeanerette. Squires was a long-time pilot that had been involved in agricultural crop-dusting for more than three decades.

Aircraft crashes fall under the jurisdiction of the National Traffic Safety Board, and two members of the Federal Aviation Administration arrived on scene to conduct a preliminary investigation. As of this time, the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

FAA Offcials stated that an investigation like this takes time, but they will do their best to determine the cause of the crash.



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